Tom DeLay had to drop out of the Dancing with the Stars competition due to stress fractures in both of his feet. Tom DeLay was the DeLay, Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, known for his tough conservative approaches, initially injured his right foot and then on Monday sustained a stress fracture to his left. Stress fractures, incomplete breaks in the bone, are repetitive stress injuries and typically occur in the long bones in the feet. The 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones are the two most common bones to fracture. The metatarsal bones are the long bones in the middle of the foot. The pain is usually sharp and develops suddenly, but it is typically not due to a specific injury or trauma. More on stress fractures.